Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Resolutions Old and New

First, an update on the water heater situation: we have hot water again! Turns out the blizzard had knocked out the pilot light, and it just needed to be relit. I love solutions that don't require us to spend loads of money!

Then, before we get into the serious business of resolutions, let me quickly share a secret FO from the old year, the Christmas stocking for my MIL. Who, by the way, now has 3, so she's all set. They officially have more stockings than people in the house now.

I love this pattern, it's well-written, and the cable detail is fun. I learned something new too: I'd ever done an attached i-cord. It's not hard and makes for a very pretty finish.

Pattern: Glendalough Stocking, available on rav
Yarn: Classic Elite Renaissance, about 2.5 skeins of it
Needles: US #5
Mods: I did the join for the cable band in the middle of the part facing the wall, not at the middle of the heel. That way, it doesn't show at all when the stocking is hanging.
Comments: So much fun! The only thing to keep in mind: if you put the seam in the middle of the part facing the wall, it's more obvious that a provisional caston and the castoff tend to be offset by one stitch. This would be less obvious if the join were at a folded edge.

And now, without further ado: Resolutions!
I actually did well on the old one. Remember, 0 tolerance yarn diet? Well, only 5 skeins of yarn entered the house in 2010. 1 was souvenir yarn, 4 were for my MIL's stocking. That's it. I did sign up for the Cookie A. sock club, but that yarn won't start coming in until 2011.

New Resolutions:

  1. Zero tolerance yarn diet, again. Turns out it's not enough to not buy yarn, I also have to knit faster. So: only yarn coming in should be the sock club yarn. No other purchases.
  2. Have at least one project in thicker yarn going at all times. You can knit, knit, knit sock or laceweight yarn, and the stash keeps not shrinking. DK weight and bigger works wonders for stash reduction.
  3. Tackle colorwork. I'm still not good at it, but I'm signed up for Janel Laidman's colorwork club and colorwork sock club. The colorwork club has already started, so I need to pick up my needles and plunge into this new adventure. I want to feel confident by the end of the new year -- and actually have produced a garment that fits an actual person, not some critter from the D&D Monstrous Manual!
That's it for this year. I was also going to try to knit a sweater a month, but I'm a pretty slow knitter. Then, work gets busy, and there goes the knitting. Instead of making it a resolution, I'll simply say "I'll try" and we'll see where that goes.

Are you making resolutions this year?


Kaye said...

I love that stocking! So Christmassy! Love!!!

No real resolutions here. Maybe just a few things I'll take under advisement

Bonnie said...

Nice stocking!

Congrats on only 5 skeins of yarn coming in the house. I'm afraid I wasn't that strong in 2010 ...

My only resolution is to lose another 9 pounds on Weight Watchers, to get to my goal weight. I've got lots of knitting plans, though, like knit a Bohus sweater, and publish more designs. It's going to be a fun year!

kemtee said...

I love the cable detail. Such fun.

No, I am not making resolutions, per se. I am, however, making some changes around here. So we'll see what comes of it.

CanarySanctuary said...

So lovely! I'd never seen this pattern. I'm adding it to my to-knit list now!

Nessa said...

love that stocking! I also have a yarn diet thing going on. Only baby alpaca grande is allowed in my house, rofl! I have 3 cowls that need to be knitted since my sister's was so coveted at Christmas!

The only one that was knitted before I broke my wrist!

Other than that, no resolutions here. I am terrible at keeping up with them!!

SuzannaBanana said...

I'm resolving to not have things in my closet that don't make me feel good about myself. I went through today and took out everyting that doesn't fit and/or that I don't wear. It's a lot airier in there now, but not unworkable.

I'm with you on the thicker yarn thing. The other thing you can do is work your thinner stash yarns together, or knit thin yarns at a larger gauge to make quicker headway. Pas de Valse takes sportweight yarn at worsted gauge. Sure, it still took me a year to finish, but that's _me_, not the pattern. :-)

Ingrid said...

Wow, die sind fantastisch! Muss ich mir gllich bei Ravelry angucken!
LG Ingrid
PS: Erst Sport, dann Stricken, du schaffst das!

weezalana said...

Gorgeous stocking!